It’s been raining here lately. A lot.
Fortunately, our house has remained flood free and Poppet loved watching the lightening flashes with us. Little Guy just tolerated it.
The torrents of water served to get me motivated though. After getting drenched through while doing groceries, I was inspired to attempt this jacket refashion. Again.
My international readers may not be aware that Christchurch (where the recent Bloggers Conference was held) was absolutely decimated in 2010-2011 through a series of terrifying earthquakes.
When big events like this hit the news, we often don’t get any follow up reports a year or two on about how the recovery is going. For instance, I haven’t seen how the east coast of Japan is doing now. I can only hope that people there are doing ok.
So I thought some if you may like to see pics of the Christchurch CBD about two years on. Continue reading
drooled over looked at overseas fabric stores and thought “why is no-one doing that here in NZ?”.
Dare to dream of a community based store where fabric is beautifully displayed, you can hire sewing machines (akin to an internet cafe) and there are workshops to learn new skills.
Thankfully, Kirsty at The Make Cafe in Riccarton (Christchurch) has made it happen for us Kiwis. Even better, she has catered to our passion for a good espresso with a full cafe in store. That’s everything I love, all in one place. You can imagine my bliss levels went through the roof here. Continue reading
I’m in a bit of a daze today. It’s a nice daze though. One of those blissfully contented ones.
Arriving home from the Bloggers Conference yesterday, I sat on the couch staring absently with a stupid smile on my face. I’m trying to process everything that has just happened and all that I saw, but my head is still in holiday mode. It’s actually awesome.
Not only was it my first holiday without kids in four years (and I got some quality time with my three sisters), but I met some truly inspiring people. They gave me some fresh vision, opened up a world of possibilities and poured out their love by making this event happen.
There are a couple of things in particular that I really want to share with you, but they very much deserve their own posts, so I’ll cover those over the next few days.
Maybe by then my blissful daze will have lifted a little, but I really hope it lingers longer. It seems this mama needed the break more than she realised.
Thank you all who worked so hard to make the weekend so darn amazing xoxo
Caterpillars have been devouring my parsley. Not a huge issue on the scale of world events. But it kinda cheesed me off. I use it in everything (including berry smoothies. Yummy and full of iron). Continue reading
On my reading list at the moment is “The Handmade Marketplace” by Kari Chapin and “The Crochet Stitch Bible” by Betty Barnden.
“Handmade Marketplace” is great if you’re making things and wanting to sell them either at markets or online. There are lots of handy hints and Chapin has called in a great host of experts to offer their perspective on a wide variety of topics.
In the latest issue of Hazed, I wrote a review (page 29) for “Handmade to Sell” by Kelly Rand. This is another fabulous book on selling your handmade items and I highly recommend that one too, if making and selling is your niche. I especially loved her tutorial on making a light box for taking great photos. Continue reading
I tried shopping for a chunky necklace today. Ugh. Has inflation just snuck up on me? Why is everything so ridiculously expensive now? Either way, I refuse to pay $30 for costume jewellery. Seriously. That’s an entire week of fruit and vege for our family!
Instead, it was time to get crafty.